According to sources, Pruitt to be Tennessee’s new head coach
December 7, 2017 Share

According to sources, Pruitt to be Tennessee’s new head coach

PHOTO: According to sources close to the coach, Rainsville native and current Crimson Tide Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been offered and accepted the Head Coaching position at the University of Tennessee. (File Photo)

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor 

tyler@southerntorch.com

KNOXVILLE, TN. — According to sources close to Alabama Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, the coach is heading to Knoxville to take over as the Head Coach of the Tennessee Vols.

Pruitt will be replacing Butch Jones, who was fired almost a month ago after the struggling Tennessee Vols went 0 – 8 against SEC teams and 4 – 8 overall in 2017. The move comes quick after former Head Coach Phillip Fulmer took over as Athletic Director only six days ago.

Jeremy Pruitt is a native of Rainsville and began his football career at Plainview High School, and played from 1993 to 1996 as a defensive back at Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Alabama.

He returned to Rainsville to coach defensive backs at Plainview in 1998, and returned as the Defensive Coordinator in 2000 after coaching at West Alabama in 1999. Pruitt was the Assistant Coach at Fort Payne High School from 2001 – 03 until joining the coaching staff at Hoover High School. Pruitt also appeared on the series Two-A-Days while at Hoover.

Pruitt served as a defensive coach at the University of Alabama from 2007 – 2012, before going to Florida State University in 2013. He then coached at the University of Georgia before returning the Alabama as the Defensive Coordinator.

Tennessee’s new head coach has been a part of 3 National Championship (2 with the Crimson Tide, 1 with FSU in 2013) teams in his career.

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